Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Quiet Life



Sitting on the porch, listening to the birds' song, I realize: I want to live a simple life. This is certainly not the first time I've thought this, and it won't be the last, but it sticks. I want to have a simple life, moving quietly and humbly through the world. I want to rejoice in a thousand little things and put less weight on the trap of appearances.

I was raised this way, I was born to want this.

Maybe it was thrifting trips with my grandparents or spending time in nature at an early age. Maybe it was born from those days spent fishing with my childhood best friend, something that was both a ritual and a reset - but somewhere along the way, all of these little, simple things sunk their teeth in me and got me hooked. And I just want to live the "quiet life," as 1st Thessalonians puts it.

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you."
- 1st Thessalonians 4:11

The Quiet Life: Mornings like this one, spent on porches; cups of coffee and worshipping in community groups; trees, many trees; making a vision board; buying somebody's old stuff at a thrift store and calling it treasure. Iced green tea; novel writing and novel reading; a lazy record on a lazy Sunday; trips to the bookstore; writing by hand in purple ink; looking at old photographs; running, singing, dreaming. Baking cookies.

I have determined that I don't want much.

I am grateful that a life can consist of these simple things and somehow feel full. Our world may be broken, but there is still such a beauty to it. And a certain giddiness fills me now that it is September, arguably my favorite month of the year, with all of the goodness that it brings.

Reasons to love September (an ode):

Thoughts of fall; pumpkin spice lattes; an excuse to resurrect the sweaters in my wardrobe (if Florida will let me); my birthday; school supplies; etc., etc.
I rejoice in these little things.

I always try to write goals for the new month, and September is no different.

I feel newness, good things coming. This summer was a season of growth and change. I feel like fall is going to be about joy and victory. I want to claim all the good things God has for me this month.

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
- Isaiah 43:18-19

A song for your Sunday! Do take a listen if you feel so inclined. 

With joy,
E

8 comments:

  1. I know I always say this, but I truly love your posts so much.

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    1. UGH you warm my heart, Evangeline! Your comments mean the world to me!!

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  2. I love this so much! Have you heard of the Danish "hygge" lifestyle? It's similar to what you're describing here, and it's so peaceful and cozy and ALLLLLL the heart eyes <3 This'll be my first season officially practicing it and I'm so excited.

    Hanne || losingthebusyness.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Hanne! I have not, I will have to check that out! It sounds so snuggly, which I am 100% a proponent for, haha. Thanks for commenting! I hope you have a fantastic September. :)

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  3. I love this and I also think about how all of these simple, little things make life so brilliant. Your description of the quiet life is SO perfect and maybe even these small things are much greater or important than we think they are? I don't know but September is going to be great too, happy fall! 🍂♡

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    1. Thanks so much!! <3 I feel like the small things can truly be important if we take the time to appreciate them, because a lot of small, good things add up to make something beautiful. :) Happy September and happy fall! I hope you have a wonderful month!

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  4. I definitely want a simple and quiet life. Lovely post!

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